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The Conference
Canada’s commitment to global public health policy reform, program implementation and ongoing  preparedness has been heralded by public and political dignitaries from around the world.

Canada’s success in hosting the 2016 replenishment conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and increased pledge to the fund demonstrated Canada’s commitment to contribute to global public health. 

However, there remain many critical unmet needs, particularly with respect to translating promising strategies and interventions into better health outcomes and improved equity.

The Canada and Global Public Health: Moving from Strategy to Action conference, hosted by the University of Manitoba, will be a forum for identifying promising strategies through which Canada can contribute to addressing these needs. Key topics for the conference include:

  • Identifying key challenges in global public health and emerging strategies and opportunities for addressing them;
  • Reviewing areas of Canadian excellence for improving global public health; and
  • Developing concrete strategies for mobilizing and coordinating Canada’s efforts in global public health to enhance their impact.

The conference will bring together leaders in global public health from across Canada and internationally to present and discuss key issues in global public health and identify ways in which Canada take can move from strategy to action.

The conference will focus on four main themes:

A. Current challenges and opportunities in global public health
B. Canada’s role and contributions in global public health
C. Canada’s future role in global health
D. Moving from strategy to action

Several internationally renowned leaders have committed to speak and participate in our panel discussions, including:

James Blanchard MD, MPH, PhD Director, Centre for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba; Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and Global Public Health, University of Manitoba

Ties Boerma MD PhD Canada Research Chair in Population and Global Health, University of Manitoba; Director, Countdown to 2030 for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

Zulfiqar Bhutta MBBS, PhD Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto; Founding Director, Centre of Excellence in Women & Child Health, Aga Khan University

Patricia Garcia MD, MPH, PhD Professor and former Dean, School of Public Health, Cayetano Heredia University, Peru; former Minister of Health of Peru; first woman to lead Peruvian National Institute of Health

Assad Hafeez MBBS, M.Sc., PhD Director-General of Health, Federal Ministry of Health Services, Pakistan; Dean, Health Services Academy of Pakistan; Chair of the Executive Board, World Health Organization (2017)

Prabhat Jha OC, MD, DPhil Endowed Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology and Canada Research Chair in Global Health, University of Toronto; Director, Centre for Global Health Research, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto

Hon. Keith Martin MD, PC Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (Washington, D.C.); former Canadian Member of Parliament; participant in diplomatic missions to Africa and Middle East

Rosanna Peeling PhD Chair of Diagnostics Research and Director, International Diagnostics Centre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Professor, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, University of Manitoba

David Peters MD, MPH, DrPH Edgar Berman Chair in International Health; Professor, Department of International Health; Director, Alliance for a Healthier World, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, Md.)

César Victora MD, PhD Professor Emeritus, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil; Director, International Center for Equity in Health; Co-chair, Equity Technical Working Group, Countdown to 2030 for Women's, Children's and Adolescents’ Health

Event Details and Registration

Canada and Global Public Health: Moving from Strategy to Action Conference
June 12-13, 2018 |
Registration is Free
University of Manitoba — Bannatyne Campus
Frederic Gaspard Theatre, 745 Bannatyne Avenue

Please notify us of any dietary restrictions/allergies and any accessibility requirements

Tuesday, June 12

9:00   Opening   Dr. Brian Postl, Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Vice-Provost (Health Sciences)

9:00 - 9:05 am   Introduction and Overview, Dr. Allan Ronald, Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba

9:05 - 9:10 am   Welcome Remarks, Dr. David Barnard, President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Manitoba

9:10 - 9:15 am   Welcome Remarks, Dr. John Dirks, President & Scientific Director Emeritus, Gairdner Foundation

9:15 - 10:00 am   Opening Plenary: "Global Public Health in the 21st Century" with Patricia Garcia, Cayetano Heridia University, School of Public Health, Peru

10:00 am   Break

10:15 am   Panel Session 1:  Current challenges and opportunities in global public health with Moderator: David Peters, The Johns Hopkins University

  • Mr. Ashok Alexander, Antara Foundation, India
  • Dr. Sani Aliyu, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Nigeria
  • Dr. Saima Hamid, Health Services Academy, Pakistan
  • Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Makerere University, Uganda

11:30   Plenary Discussion

12:00 noon   Keynote Presentation: “Avoidable Mortality Globally: the Last 40 Years and the Next 40 Years” with Dr. Prabhat Jha

12:30 pm   Lunch (provided) in J.A. Hildes Court, Basic Medical Sciences Building

13:30   Gairdner Address: “Think Locally, Act Globally: How Brazilian Research Helped Shape Global Child Health Policies” by César Victora, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil

14:15   Panel Session 2A: Canada’s Contributions to Global Public Health with Moderator: Keith Martin, Consortium of Universities for Global Health

  • Dr. Prabhat Jha, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Melanie Katsivo, Western University
  • Dr. Kelley Lee, Simon Fraser University
  • Mr. Stuart Taylor, iDE Canada

15:30   Plenary Discussion

15:45   Break

16:00   Panel Session 2B: Canada’s contributions to global public health: responding to communicable disease epidemics with Moderator: Rosanna Peeling, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Manitoba

  • Dr. Maryanne Crockett, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Jo-Anne Dillon, University of Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Sharmistha Mishra, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Paul Sandstrom, Public Health Agency of Canada

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Wednesday, June 13

8:45 am   Plenary 3: "Partnering to Improve Global Public Health – Perspectives from Pakistan" with Assad Hafeez, Director General Health, Govt. of Pakistan and Dean, Health Services Academy, Pakistan

9:30 am   Break

9:45 am   Panel Session 3: Canada’s Future Role in Global Public Health with Moderator Zulfiqar Bhutta, University of Toronto, Aga Khan University

  • Dr. James Blanchard, University of Manitoba
  • Mr. Marc Cohen, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Dr. Nafissatou Diop, International Development Research Centre
  • Dr. Margo Greenwood, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Dr. Shawna O’Hearn, Dalhousie University, Canadian Society for International Health

11:15 am   Plenary Discussion

11:45   Plenary: “Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage” with Moderator Dr. Ties Boerma

12:30 pm   Lunch (provided) in J.A. Hildes Court, Basic Medical Sciences Building

13:30   Panel Session 4: Charting a Course for Action with Moderator: James Blanchard, University of Manitoba

  • Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, University of Toronto; Aga Khan University
  • Dr. Ties Boerma, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Charles Larson, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
  • Dr. Tanjina Mirza, Plan International Canada
  • Dr. Helen Scott, Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health
  • Dr. Karlee Silver, Grand Challenges Canada
  • Ms. Tanya Trevors, Global Affairs Canada
  • Dr. David Wilson, World Bank

15:00   Dr. Arnold Naimark, President Emeritus; Director, Centre for the Advancement of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

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Gala Event

Canada and Global Public Health: Moving from Strategy to Action Gala Dinner
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
85 Israel Asper Way

The conference gala dinner celebrates Manitoba’s contribution to global health on the national and international stage including successful research, treatments and discoveries in the areas of Ebola, maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS.

5:30 - 6:30 pm   Self-guided Tour

6:00 - 7:00 pm   Cocktail Reception in the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation

7:00 pm   Dinner Served

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The University of Manitoba and Global Health
The U of M has been a leader in global health for several decades, contributing to landmark discoveries and innovations that have improved public health programs, including strategies to prevent HIV, the development of the Ebola virus vaccine and innovations in maternal, newborn and child health programs. These discoveries and innovations have transformed national public health programs in many countries, and shaped global health strategies at an international scale. Examples include:

  • Peer-led HIV prevention programs for sex workers and other vulnerable key populations, which have led to national and global strategies and guidelines;
  • The development of innovative rural health worker programs for HIV and maternal and child health, which have been nationalized in India and now adopted in other countries in Asia and Africa;
  • Male circumcision to prevent HIV, which has now become a cornerstone of HIV prevention programs in high-burden countries in Africa;
  • Nurse mentoring programs for maternal and newborn health, which are now being scaled up across India by the Government of India.

The U of M has established a unique network of global partnerships with national programs (e.g. India, Pakistan, Kenya, Nigeria, Ukraine), leading global health organizations (e.g., World Health Organization, World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), and diverse academic institutions and civil society organizations. With permanent offices in India (several offices), Kenya, Pakistan and Nigeria, and currently more than 1400 faculty, technical and project staff deployed, the U of M has projects serving catchment areas with a total population over 700 million. Over the past decade, the U of M has received global funding in excess of $250 million (more than $200 million in India alone), with more than 95 per cent from international funding sources. The U of M has recently assumed the directorship of the global initiative: Countdown to 2030 – Women, Newborn & Child Survival.

The Gairdner Foundation
The Gairdner Foundation was established in 1957 with the main goal of recognizing and rewarding international excellence in fundamental research that impacts human health. Seven awards are given annually, among them the John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, specifically for impact on global health issues.

In all categories, 373 awards have been bestowed on laureates from 30 countries and of those awardees, 87 have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes.

The Gairdner Foundation also engages in outreach programs across Canada and acts as a convener with the public, policymakers and other stakeholders on the impact of science on our everyday lives.